Taking on Real Challenges
Hacking & Israel - Models for Innovation
The symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 25th 2012, at the Fuqua School of Business - Geneen Auditorium, from 9:00am to 12:30pm.
Using the State of Israel and the application of computer hacking as case studies, the symposium will focus on the ideal environment to foster entrepreneurship, as well as on the latest trends towards innovation.
We’ll be hosting an impressive panel of speakers in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, and behavioral economics. The speakers include Dan Ariely, Pablos Holman, Gil Galanos, and Rafi Musher.
Please register in the following link:
09.00 – 09.20 Registration/"Start-Up Nation" book distribution
09.20 – 09.30 Opening Remarks
09.30 – 10.30 Pablos Holman- Hacking as a stimulus for innovation
10.30 – 11.15 Gil Galanos and Rafi Musher- Innovation, what global CEOs and investors want, and what you can learn from Israeli innovation
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.30 Dan Ariely- Application of Hacking to Real Life Challenges
The first 100 people that will arrive to the Symposium will receive a copy of the New York Times Bestseller “Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle”.
For more information about the conference, our speakers, and Israel - please visit JBA website:
The Conference is hosted by the MBAA Jewish Business Club and attracts current Duke University students, faculty, and various professionals from the Research Triangle Area.
Using simple experiments Dan Ariely studies how people actually act in the marketplace as opposed to how they should or would perform if they were completely rational. His interests span a wide range of daily behaviors and his experiments are consistently interesting, amusing, and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom.
Dan is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University where he holds appointments at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the School of Medicine, and the department of Economics. He is also the founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight.
Dan earned a bachelor degree in psychology from Tel Aviv University, his master’s and doctorate degrees in cognitive psychology from the University of North Carolina, and a doctorate in Business Administration from Duke University.
Dan is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions and The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Ways We Defy Logic at Work and at Home. His research has been published in leading psychology economics and business journals, and has been featured occasionally in the popular press. He is a regular contributor to Marketplace.
Pablos Holman is a futurist, inventor, and notorious hacker with a unique view into breaking and building new technologies. Pablos is consulting worldwide on invention and design projects that assimilate new technologies - making wild ideas a bit more practical and vice versa. He helped create the world's smallest PC; 3D printers at Makerbot; spaceships with Jeff Bezos; artificial intelligence agent systems; and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi seeking robot.
Currently, Pablos is working for Nathan Myhrvold at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory where a wide variety of futuristic invention projects are under way including a fission reactor powered by nuclear waste; a machine to suppress hurricanes; a system to reverse global warming; and a device that can shoot mosquitoes out of the sky with lasers to help eradicate malaria.
Pablos is a respected and dynamic speaker. He has informed and entertained audiences at world-renowned technology summits including United Nations, the World Economic Forum at Davos, The CIA, TEDx and DEFCON on invention, innovation, cyber security and the future of technology.
Gil Galanos is the founder and president of U.S. Israel Business Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together investors, senior executives and entrepreneurs who are engaged in business and commercial activities for the purposes of designing and implementing investments in, and trade programs between, the United States and Israel.
Between the years 2006 and 2010, Gil served as the Deputy Economic Minister to North America for the Government of Israel Economic Mission. In this position, he formed and organized business delegations to and from Israel, provided advisory services to Israeli companies in the U.S., served as a key liaison between Israeli companies and American investors, and developed strategic partnerships between Israeli and U.S. companies and organizations.
Mr. Galanos came to the Economic Mission with broad experience in the Israeli high-tech arena, working for companies such as Comverse Technologies (CMVT) and Intel Corporation (INTC).
From 1992-1999, he served in a number of positions for the Israel Ministry of Defense including two years at several locations in Europe.
Rafi Musher is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stax Inc. For the past 19 years, Rafi has been leading corporate management consulting engagements and working with investment firm leadership teams to identify profit opportunities and mitigate risks across industries.
Mr. Musher has advised government agencies and elected officials on issues around energy, health, education, financial incentive structures, and capital markets – engaging and encouraging business to act as “responsible corporate citizens” by delivering on national interests. He is invited regularly to participate in prominent think tank conferences, and leads brainstorming/solution sessions with government and non-profit agencies that focus on finding actionable answers to real world problems.
His most recently published articles and comments featured in The Deal, The M&A Journal, Forbes.com, Fortune.Com, TheStreet.com, Public Utility Fortnightly’s Spark and CNN FN.
He is also the founder and CEO of Israel & Co.—a nascent non-profit that aims to drive positive education and engagement with Israel by getting influential, high value segments of the population, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to visit Israel.
Mr. Musher holds a B.S. in Communications and Advertising from Boston University. He is Chairman of the Board at the Bronx Lab School, a public high school in New York City, and serves on the Board of BeneStream Inc.